At this point, we might not see New York Giants rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. at all in the preseason.
Tom Coughlin ruled Beckham out for Friday’s game against the New York Jets. Beckham sat out practice the last two days after aggravating the same hamstring that has caused him to miss the bulk of training camp this offseason.
The rookie out of LSU has not practiced fully since injuring his hamstring on July 22 and he has missed all three (the Jets game will make four) of New York’s preseason games.
The Giants drafted Beckham No. 12 overall this past May with the hopes that he would become a starter on the outside and immediate impact player in New York’s new-look offense. The front office and coaching staff raved about Beckham’s speed and playmaking ability in the open field, as both a receiver and a return man.
Unfortunately, Beckham has not been able to fully display that skill-set that made him such an attractive target. Jerrel Jernigan has been getting reps in Beckham’s place and has had a rough go of it this preseason.
It may be smart for the Giants to hold Beckham out of the rest of the preseason. Yes, he is a rookie and he certainly needs all the game experience he can get, but playing him before he is fully healed may jeopardize his availability for the regular season.
The Giants will surely want to get Beckham out there as soon as possible but hamstring injuries seem to linger when they are not given time to fully heal. Who knows when we will finally see Beckham grace the gridiron in a game, regular or preseason.
Beckham’s last chance to see preseason action will be on Aug. 28 against the New England Patriots.